Power Lines Blocking Roads, Fires Reported As High Winds Hit Ann Arbor

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Power lines blocking roads, fires reported as high winds hit Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, MI - A number of roads were blocked by downed power lines and fires were reported across Washtenaw County as high winds hit the Ann Arbor area, on Wednesday, March 8.

A high wind warning is in effect from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts may reach up to 60 mph.

Washtenaw County had 12,234 customers without power as of 12:45 p.m., Stephanie Beres, a DTE Energy media relations specialist, said. DTE Energy reported 180,000 customers without power in their entire service area as of 12:15 p.m., with no set restoration time available yet.

Huron Valley Ambulance advised area residents to limit travel under the current conditions.

Timeline of likely damaging winds today

The University of Michigan has advised students to avoid elevators and check their schools and colleges to see if classes have been cancelled, due to the power outages. 

In addition, the UM basketball team's plane slid off the runway while headed to the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday afternoon, but no one was injured.

Washtenaw County dispatchers said there were too many downed power lines blocking roads coming in to list Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters across the county were facing a similar situation, with too many related fires to immediately list.

At 2:54 p.m., police asked motorists to avoid a portion of Zeeb Road north of I-94, west of Ann Arbor, as the road was closed for downed power lines.

Chad French of Huron Valley Ambulance, which handles dispatch for fires in the area, confirmed firefighters were called to Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor Lower School Campus, 2775 Newport Road, for a fire. The school was evacuated during the response.

Firetrucks could also be seen blocking the road at Whittaker and Textile roads for a small brush fire, but officials appeared to be working to clear the area about 3:30 p.m.

Locations of other incidents will be included in the comments below. If you have photos or know of the location of a downed power line, share it in the comments below.

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